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shotgun:

see small armssmall arms,
firearms designed primarily to be carried and fired by one person and, generally, held in the hands, as distinguished from heavy arms, or artillery. Early Small Arms

The first small arms came into general use at the end of the 14th cent.
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shotgun

[′shät‚gən]
(ordnance)
A smooth-bore shoulder weapon; the usual classes are riot gun, skeet gun, and sporting gun.

shotgun

American football an offensive formation in which the quarterback lines up for a snap unusually far behind the line of scrimmage
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They also found 132 12-gauge shotgun cartridges, 23 further rounds of ammunition and 10 full metal jacket cartridges.
After Martin declined to allow officers to search his house, police obtained a warrant for the residence and seized a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition, McLaughlin said.
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Three people were injured at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina when a 12-gauge shotgun filled with bird shot accidentally discharged as its owner unzipped its case for a security check, authorities said.
In the long-gun/home-defense realm, the 12-gauge shotgun was the standard tool for protecting hearth and home during your geezer customer's formative years.
Mr Potter said the man left his 12-gauge shotgun in the boat and the dog stepped on it, causing it to fire.
DI Simon Astle, who admitted to frustration with the investigation, said he was still confident of finding the two or three men responsible for killing Scott with a single 12-gauge shotgun cartridge, two years on.
The XRep Taser, which is fired from a 12-gauge shotgun, was being tested by the Home Office before being approved for use by police forces in England and Wales.
According to state police, troopers searched the truck and found a 16-inch Bushmaster assault rifle, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip, seven 30-round magazine ammunition clips and several boxes of ammunition.
Sharon Whitehead, 40, said she feared for her life when her husband Anthony, 46, pointed a Greener GP 12-gauge shotgun at her.
Rogers, commanding general of the Joint Munitions Command at Rock Island, Illinois, approved the full materiel release of the M-1030 12-gauge shotgun breaching cartridge in late 2007.